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Texan indicted for producing child pornography

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A 26-year-old man residing in Hidalgo has been indicted for producing the pornography of a 16-years-old.

Rogelio Pruneda is set to appear in federal court on charges of coercion of a minor and production of child pornography, announced U.S. Attorney Jennifer B. Lowery.

Pruneda is set to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Juan F. Alanis.

Originally charged by criminal complaint, a federal grand jury returned the two-count indictment Nov. 15.

According to the charges, Pruneda began communicating via social media with a minor female, offering money and THC vape cartridges in exchange for sexual acts.

He allegedly convinced the minor female to meet locally, at which time Pruneda created two videos of the minor female performing oral sex on him.

The charges allege Pruneda exchanged messages recognizing the minor female’s age and discussed sexual activity with the minor female.

Pruneda allegedly met up with the female on two more occasions at a family-owned auto shop and a residence where he engaged in sexual intercourse with the minor.

According to the charges, in one instance Pruneda brought THC cartridges in exchange for sex.

Shortly thereafter, law enforcement took Pruneda into custody.

At the time of his detention hearing, the court found him to be a danger to community and ordered held in custody pending future criminal proceedings.

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